After a tough, wind-swept 250 kilometres, Wout van Aert won the 2021 Gent-Wevelgem. The leader of the Jumbo-Visma team started the day as top favourite and did not disappoint. He won the sprint from a leading group of seven riders who had been off the front for most of the day. Italians took the next three places: Giacomo Nizzolo, Matteo Trentin and Sonny Colbrelli. Michael Matthews was fifth.
The former "poor cousin" of the Tour of Flanders has gained new status in recent years with its move from a mid-week race slot to its own Sunday, and has become a better race where the real kings of the cobbles show up to do serious battle. We've scoured the Cor Vos archive to present this collection of the best Wevelgem photos from the 70s, 80s and 90s.
Do you remember Kuurne and the Het Nieuwsblad back before Covid-19 stopped the 2020 season? Normally they would be the foreplay to the main act of Wevelgem, Flanders and Roubaix, but... Ed Hood takes us from Gent (Iepre/Ypres) over the cobbles and the bergs to Wevelgem before Sunday's race.
Riding through the cobbles and bergs of Belgium where thousands died in the World Wars uniquely connects our sport to tragic historic events. Peter Easton of VeloClassic Tours knows cycling in Belgium better than most, and offers his take on what makes riding here special.
June 27, 2019 - No Tour for Philippe Gilbert this year, but we have all the latest news from the French behemoth. The National championships have started, and team news before the road races. Plus race report from the Halle Ingooigem. 2020 WorldTour calendar, Guillaume Martin and Nacer Bouhanni on the move, AG2R-La Mondiale extend and... more Tour de France.
Race Report: Alexandr Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) took a wonderful Gent-Wevelgem victory after an incredibly hard day's racing. What chance a Flanders victory for the Norwegian now? Losers of the day: Deceuninck - Quick-Step, the Belgian team worked so hard they had nothing left for the sprint.
It's Gent - Wevelgem 1974; you've made it over the savage Kemmel climb twice with the lead group and survived hanging on the back of an Eddy Merckx and Roger De Vlaeminck driven purge on the run-in; there are 17 guys left, so maybe you would settle for a top ten? Not if your name is Barry Hoban and you feel that the 'over-drive' is in your legs.